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[pol-ee-mawrf] /ˈpɒl iˌmɔrf/

Biology. an organism having more than one adult form, as the different castes in social ants.
Crystallography. any of the crystal forms assumed by a substance that exhibits .
Anatomy. .
a species of animal or plant that exhibits polymorphism
any of the crystalline forms of a chemical compound that exhibits polymorphism
Also called polymorphonuclear leucocyte. any of a group of white blood cells that have lobed nuclei and granular cytoplasm and function as phagocytes; they include neutrophils, basophils, and eosinophils

“organism of several forms,” 1828, from Greek polymorphos “of many forms” (see polymorphous).



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